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Prayer for Troubled Times

*Please join with me in this prayer, offered by my friend and spiritual director, Ulysses Castillo: Dearest Lord, whose glory is in all the world, we commend this nation to your merciful care, that, being guided by your hand, we will open our eyes and learn again what it is to be a nation of…

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Morning Prayer Invitation

For about six months now, a small group of folks has gathered virtually on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings for morning prayer. This practice was sparked by my prayers with the monks at St. John’s Abbey. While online prayer is certainly not the same as gathering in person, these brief morning meetings have become an…

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Prayer for the New Year

God of new life, God of life made new, We begin this new year as we ended the last– embraced by your spirit of love your presence of peace your gentle power. We leave behind the old year with prayers of gratitude for the love we have known, with prayers for mercy in the pain…

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Morning Prayer: Reflection & Invitation

Last week I attended a Collegeville writing workshop on the campus of St. John’s College in Minnesota. I found myself praying with the monks most mornings—not because I’m particularly holy, but because I kept waking up before six and our sessions didn’t start until nine. The benedictine sisters in Atchison, KS, are quick to welcome…

Litany for Peace

Here is a litany we will use at Peace Mennonite on Sunday. It is adapted from one I  wrote several years ago for Memorial Day. God of Life, We mourn the culture of violence in our country: where our entertainment enacts and glorifies violence, where over three thousand people sit on death row, where drone…

Prayer for the New Year

Here is a new year’s prayer that I wrote several years ago. I am sharing it again with you all and wishing you a year of faithfulness and joy. ~Joanna God of new life, God of life made new, We begin this new year as we ended the last– embraced by your spirit of love…

Missional Prayer

This article is part of a MennoNerds Synchro-Blog on Missional Spirituality.  With this event, MennoNerds is exploring  Spirituality through an Anabaptist lens and what such spirituality means concerning participation in the mission of God. – – – – “Missional Prayer.” That’s my topic for today. And it seemed like a good topic weeks and weeks…